Before reading this book, my first thought (based solely on the cover image and the synopsis) was that this was going to be a little too much like Blair Witch for my liking. After reading this book, I wish I had gotten started on it earlier. All my favorite genres (paranormal/fantasy, history, horror) eloquently rolled into one astounding book.
First, the positives: I love a story with interweaving timelines and plots. Overall, the potential within this book kept me reading. This was a unique approach to time travel and fantasy which I found refreshing and original. The reveals were well timed out and overall everything was thoughtfully written. Despite the many time jumps, most of the details seemed to fall in line. There were a few minor mistakes in research, but nothing so glaring that it ruined the book for me.
On the negative side: I had a bit of a hard time relating to Honoria. This might have just been a difference in age; but to me she seemed a little too forced, as though she was written from an older point of view and then tried to fit her into the high school scene like a puzzle piece placed into the wrong spot. Having been the new girl moving to a small New England town filled with legends after a tragic loss, I thought I would be able to relate to her more and was really disappointed when I couldn’t.
As for other characters, I wish they had been developed a little more. I found myself asking a lot of whys or feeling like the overall motivation behind some of the characters’ actions weren’t divulged as much as I would have liked. Some of the time jumps happened so abruptly that I was pulled out of the story so I could go back to see if I had missed something.
This is the first book I’ve read by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, and I think it was a good one to start with. I look forward to more of her work!
Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5